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How could a paramedic deal with a compound shin fracture?

How could a paramedic deal with a compound shin fracture?

Stabilization: If the skin is intact, the pre-hospital treatment for any extremity fracture is stabilization. Ambulances typically carry either padded-board splints and/or vacuum splints; which can be used to prevent the leg from moving and causing further injury. If the skin is broken, the leg is immobilized in a similar fashion with care given to control bleeding. Pain medication may also be given as needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Will weight have an effect on healing of broken tibia? Fractured with a rod. Walk on it, but it hurts. I am an obese 40 yr old female

Will weight have an effect on healing of broken tibia? Fractured with a rod. Walk on it, but it hurts. I am an obese 40 yr old female

Being obese: means that we are putting extra weight/stress on our body. This especially impacts weight bearing bones and joints. The more morbid the obesity - the more this can impact. So, being a healthy weight would be a +. Take care. ...Read more

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Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Depends on xray: How much weight you can put on it depends on the amount of healing present on the latest x-ray. Usually progress from non weight bearing to touch down weight bearing to full weight bearing. All of the above as tolerated . Pain is your guide in addition to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is worse, a compound leg fracture or a shredded knee?

Both: Honestly, both are bad injuries. A compound fracture is old terminology - current terminology is open fracture, meaning the fracture has protruded through the skin - these fractures have a high risk for infection and nearly always require surgery. A "shredded" knee is somewhat vague but suggests either a terrible soft tissue injury or extensive ligamentous injury or both. ...Read more

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How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more

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What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

What is the typical healing time for a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula?

Unpredictable: The healing time is very dependent on the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the fracture. Compound fractures are those that have an opening in the skin associated with them, but it's not the opening but rather the amount of skin, tissue and bone loss as well as possible injuries to blood vessels and nerves that determines the time for healing. ...Read more

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What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

What is the average healing time for a compound fracture of the leg?

Length of time: Depends on type of fracute, location, smoking history, age. Simple greenstick about 6 weeka if not displaced. Longer variable if displaced. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Wash out and surgery: A compound fracture is one in which the fracture bone(s) penetrate through the skin. This is a surgical emergency that requires immediate attention. The initial goal during surgery is to thoroughly irrigate (wash out) and debride (clean up) the bone and tissues in an attempt to prevent infection. At the same time, the fractures are repaired, often using rod for the tibia & possibly a fibular plate. ...Read more

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What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

What is the post-surgery treatment for a compound fracture of the tibia?

Casting and therapy: Compound fracture of your tibia requiring surgery likely means you had teel rod/plates and screws to stabilize the tibia. After surgery, you may need casting, possible a removable cast. Non-weight-bearing (no walking on that leg) for several weeks, then partial wt bearing etc..Physically therapy is almost always recommended during this process. Ask questions and follow doc's advice. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more